Why I Don’t Hand Out Ice Packs…

For years I handed out an ice pack to new patients as a welcome gift.  It made sense…usually people were in pain on their first visit and everyone knows you are supposed to ice an acute injury, right? In the last six months, I stopped handing out the ice packs.  It’s not because they were Read More

Dangers of OTC Drugs

“Should I take Advil to reduce the inflammation so I can get better?” Every day, I get asked about over-the-counter pain and NSAID medications by patients.  For years, pill manufacturers and doctors have been advising us to just take a few pills to see if the problem goes away.  Instead of the problem going away, we Read More

New Research: Chiropractic Adjustments Are As Effective As NSAIDs without the Nasty Side Effects

New research showcased that adjustments (or spinal manipulation) were just as effective as NSAID’s at reducing pain…with NONE of the risks.  They also found a 51% decreased risk of an adverse drug event if you had been to a chiropractor in the last 12 months…coincidence? Too many people are popping Advil, Aleve and Tylenol for their Read More

Understanding Chronic Pain in 5 Minutes or Less

Know someone with chronic pain? Share this video with them and refer them to a chiropractic physician knowledgeable about how to diagnose and treat chronic pain without medication. If they live near Bloomingdale, Dr. Ducat is happy to assist. They can call us at 224-653-8094 or email Dr Ducat at drerin@ducatchiropractic.com. Read More

Are the side effects worse than your symptoms?

By: Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP A research study was published on Feburary 15th, 2016 in the Journal of the American Medical Association – Neurology that linked use of a certain type of heartburn medication called “proton pump inhibitors” (PPI), which are sold under the names of Prilosec, Nexium or Prevacid, to an increased risk of Read More

Where does pain come from?

By:  Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP No one likes pain.  All we want is for  it to go away — now!  But what is the purpose of pain?  Where does it come from?  What does it do? Pain is like the “check engine” light in your car.  It tells you there is a problem, Read More